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Surname 1NameInstructor’s NameCOURSEDateIs Death Penalty Effective in the United States of America?The use of the death penalty has been a topic of controversy in the USA today. Althoughthe death penalty is still legal in certain states in the USA, efforts to abolish the practice dates asfar as 100 years ago in the United States of America[CITATION Des \p 1257 \l 1033 ]. Already,the majority of nations around the world have abandoned the use of the death penalty as a formof punishment. There have significant changes regarding the use of the death penalty. The actwas held as constitutional by the Supreme Court in the Gregg v, Georgia in 1976 (Sethuraju et al.1). However, in the modern world, there is agreed on consensus against the death penalty.Notably, the cases of the death penalty have been declining at unprecedented rates which resultsin the need for examining the reasons behind the decline. For over 40 years, a majority ofAmericans have supported death penalty. However, a survey conducted in 2013 revealed theopposite as few Americans were in support of capital punishment (Sethuraju et al. 1).Based onthe available research death penalty is not an effective tool for the deterrence of crime because itdoes not offer any practical benefits that weigh against its social costs.The American death penalty has had a few cases of death sentences compared to the earlyyears. For instance, in 2016 only 31 defendants were sentenced to capital sentence compared tohundreds of defendants sentenced during the 1990s[CITATION Des \p 1257 \l 1033 ]. Data hasshown that cases of murder are high in states that have the death penalty as a form of punishment
Surname 2compared to the states without capital punishment. The main objective of the death penalty is toreduce the number of serious crimes across the world such as murder. However, studies haveshown that this type of punishment has not had any positive impact on the reduction of capitalcrimes as initially postulated. Therefore, if the death penalty was effective in the reduction ofcapital crimes, then data would show otherwise among states implement the death penalty as adeterrence tool. Therefore, data shows that after all, the death penalty does not offer an effectivesolution in the prevention of certain crimes. The social costs of the death penalty outweigh thebenefits given its role in the violation of human rights and the possibility of misuse for peopleseeking revenge.Deterrence is the main rationale for capital punishment in places where it is stillpracticed. The perspective is that understanding the threat of being executed in the future issufficient enough to prevent several persons from committing capital crimes which they hadprior organized. However, one major concern over this particular type of punishment is whetheroffenders will be dissuaded from committing heinous crimes because of the threat of capitalpunishment rather than not imposing any particular punishment. Therefore, if deterrence is the

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